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An Epsom brother and sister are set to become stars after racking up an impressive list of both stage and screen credits, writes Kirsty Liddle
It's lights, camera, action for Amelia and Oliver Crouch, who are pupils at the Stage Coach Theatre Arts School in Sutton. The brother and sister, who live in Epsom and both attend Southfield Park School, have been in top West End theatre shows and have roles in future box office hit films.
“I was so excited when I heard I had won these roles, especially as they are so completely different to one another" said Amelia, 10. "I couldn’t quite believe it when we got the news and the experience has been totally amazing!”
Amelia made her West End debut at just six-years-old in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s London Palladium production of The Wizard of Oz. She is currently starring as Ellen in Fatal Attraction alongside Sex and the City star Kristin Davies.
She previously beat thousands of other of other young actresses to secure the role of Flora in Hammer Horror film The Women in Black 2 - Angel of Death, which is due for cinematic release in February 2015.
Not to be outdone by his sister’s showbiz talents, little brother Oliver Crouch aged just 7 has already got his first movie credit under his belt. He stars as Jessie in the forthcoming film Third Person.
“It was brilliant to work on such a major film as the producers were wanting to cast a boy who looked like the son of Mila Kunis and James Franco” said Oliver.
Third Person, directed by Paul Haggis, who also directed Bond movie Quantum of Solace was shot on location in Rome and is due for release this month. It has been described as a ‘romantic and ambitious film.’
Unlike other boys his age Oliver was rubbing shoulders with the likes of Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde. Having starred in one movie he seems to have developed a taste for the silver screen.
Oliver said: “It was incredible to get the part as I heard that nearly three thousand other boys were auditioned and when I found that out, I couldn’t quite believe it! The whole experience has been so memorable and I can’t wait to be involved with another film.”
Both school children are currently taking classes part-time at Stagecoach Sutton, which is a leading Arts Theatre Network where they practice acting, singing and dancing.
They are managed by leading theatrical agency Curtis Brown Group, who represent the likes of Downton Abbey favourite Laura Carmicheal and Twilight mega-star Robert Pattinson.
The school run by principal Jennifer Jones has been training children for 10 years and offers Early Stages sessions for 4-6 year-olds. The Main School takes pupils from ages 6-13.
To find out more, go to stagecoach.co.uk/sutton